Monday, September 8, 2014

ECCC Warriors Beat Coahoma 35-14

CLARKSDALE - Marquis Hedge ran for three touchdowns and caught a pass for another score in helping lead East Central Community College to a 35-14 thumping over Coahoma Community College Thursday, Sept. 4 at James E. Miller Stadium.

The Warriors evened their record to 1-1 on the young season following the non-division win, while the home-standing Tigers remained winless after two starts.

Ken Karcher, now in his second year as ECCC head football coach, complimented his young squad on the lopsided victory.

“I thought our guys played a very physical football game,” said Karcher in a post-game interview. “They had to overcome some early mistakes but I felt they grew up a little more tonight.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Hedge hauled in a six-yard strike from quarterback Ethan Hamilton early in second quarter action to give EC a lead it would not relinquish. Freshman kicker Breenan O’Keefe connected the first of his five PATs for the 7-0 advantage. O’Keefe is a product of St. Martin High School.

Hedge, a 5-9, 185-pound sophomore running back from Forest Hill
High School, scored again on a five-yard burst with under a minute left before halftime.

Hedge tallied twice in the third period, first on a two-yard scamper with 9:32 left followed by a three-yard run near the end of the period.

Coahoma avoided a shutout when quarterback Anthony Mitchell of Moss Point hooked up with wide receiver Marcel Williams of McLaurin on 61-yard pass play with 5:30 left in the contest. Cody Spears of Pisgah kicked the PAT.

EC responded with a score about a minute later when freshman running back SaVon Robinson burst through the Tiger defense on a 48-yard scamper to pay dirt. Robinson, a 6’, 185-pound freshman, is a product of Raymond High School.

Coahoma tallied the game’s final points on a five-yard run by Mickey Ridley with less than two minutes remaining. Ridley is a product of McNair High School in Atlanta. Spears added the PAT.


Hedge finished the night with 100 yards on 22 carries.

Teammate Lamarcus Franks also registered a 100-yard performance, as the sophomore speedster with a 5-7, 142-pound frame compiled 100 yards on 13 attempts. Franks is product of Greene County High School.

 Hamilton, a 6-2, 242-pound sophomore, also put up impressive numbers in his second outing as signal caller. The Noxapater High School product completed 11 of 18 passes for 114 yards and the one TD pass to Hedge.

O’Keefe is a perfect five-for-five on PAT’s. He connected on both field goal attempts in the opener at MS Delta.

Freshman Chandler Powell continues to excel at punter on the young season. His longest effort in the Coahoma game covered 50 yards. Powell is a product of Forest High School.

The Warriors begin MACJC South Division Thursday, Sept. 11, as they challenge nationally-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. on the recently installed synthetic turf field at Bailey Stadium.

The Bulldogs are undefeated in 2014 following wins over Northeast Mississippi Community College (41-8) and Northwest Mississippi Community College (63-7).